The Jets will “definitely” consider pursuing quarterback Peyton Manning after he’s released by the Colts, but a Tuesday night New York Daily News story strongly suggests that mixed internal feelings about the potential alienation of Mark Sanchez might prevent the team from going all-in.
And based on the state of Rex Ryan’s 2011 locker room, it’s reasonable to think Manning would only consider competing against brother Eli for the Big Apple limelight if the Jets went above and beyond to woo him.
“Why would Manning want to come to the circus?” one team source asked Daily News reporter Manish Mehta.
“Can you imagine if word gets out that we’re trying to get Peyton Manning, and then we don’t get Peyton Manning?” added one member of the Jets’ organization. “Then we have to play with Sanchez?”
Confidence already seems to be an issue for the Jets’ incumbent quarterback. A fruitless pursuit of Manning could rattle the young passer even more.
There are members of the Jets who are much more certain acquiring Manning is the right idea, of course. They’ve been saying it for months.
“I want him in New York,” one player told Mehta on Tuesday. “He needs to be a Jet.”